Mr. Garon, I want to set the record straight about the letter you wrote in the October 3 edition of the Mountain Democrat. Your letter describing Supervisor candidate Richard Barb and his attendance at a recent democratic party meeting for United States Representative candidate Jack Uppal is based solely on your opinion. I was at that meeting and only observed a cordial interaction between candidates for different offices.
Mr. Barb did not arrogantly barge in. I observed him approach Mr. Uppal to ask if he could address the crowd since some were individuals residing in his district. Mr. Uppal agreed and graciously gave him the platform.
This interaction had nothing to do with party affiliation since Barb is a Republican and Uppal is a Democrat. It had everything to do with mutual respect and acting in the best interest of the residents of this county by allowing them to hear from both sides. I am sure that Mr. Barb would have been just as gracious if Mr. Uppal would have asked to speak to a Tea Party meeting.
I believe Mr. Garon exaggerated Mr. Barb’s appearance at the meeting in order to cast aspersions of him being ill mannered and arrogant unlike Mr. Barbs opponent, Brian Veerkamp, whom Mr. Garon considers to be “well mannered” and “urban smart.” Mr. Barb was only doing what he said he would do if he were elected Supervisor, going out amongst all the people regardless of party affiliation and giving it his all. Being an effective El Dorado County Supervisor is a full-time job if you work at it as I believe Richard Barb will.